Is CMMC Compatible with FedRAMP Certification?

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Any IT or cloud provider working with the government needs to show that they are secured against data breach or theft. As the SolarWinds hack has demonstrated, our interconnected technology systems are under attack from outside entities who want to gain access to critical civil, military, and industrial data and undermine our security. That’s why frameworks like FedRAMP and CMMC exist. 

But do these frameworks play well together? As of right now, there isn’t a clear 1-to-1 relationship between the two. But some similarities between the two could help cloud service providers who want to work with defense agencies prepare their systems for CMMC compliance if they currently have FedRAMP certification. 

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How Does CMMC Compliance Impact Small and Mid-Sized Businesses?

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The Department of Defense has made a significant push to improve the security of its cyberinfrastructure and supply chain (known as the Defense Industrial Base), and the result of this push is the Cybersecurity Maturity model Certification (CMMC) initiative. This framework uses existing security guidelines to provide an overview of necessary security requirements for federal contractors working with the DoD.

This framework isn’t just for large corporations. Many DoD agencies work with small and mid-sized businesses to leverage flexible cloud platforms, SaaS technology, or other IT services. That’s why it is just as important for SMBs to consider the impact of CMMC on their business now and over the next 5 years. 

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Accelerate the CMMC Certification Process

The Defense Department’s new high-profile cybersecurity regulations, CMMC, is on schedule for implementation this year. The CMMC Certification is part of the Defense Department’s push to protect industrial base networks and controlled unclassified information from cyber¬attacks. The CMMC rules will require contractors to be certified by third-party auditors, which will ensure that companies adhere to specific standards. Organizations will be required to meet different security requirements depending on the type of work they are doing, with level 1 being the lightest and level 5 the most stringent.

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